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Energy & Environment Symposium
Multi-State Electric Vehicle Corridor Agreement 
Energy & Minerals Day at STEM Fest: VIDEO

OED Provides Comments on Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule
Western States Regional Rural Natural Gas Initiative
Energy & Environment Symposium

On Nov. 8, OED hosted the third Energy & Environment Symposium at the Little America Hotel, bringing together more than two dozen industry experts to discuss progress and new technologies for navigating the dynamic nexus between energy and the environment to uniquely power Utah’s bright future.

The event featured six breakout sessions and main stage remarks by Andeavor, Enel Green Power North America, Ormat, Rocky Mountain Power, Dominion Energy, Zions Bank, USTAR, and newly elected Rep. John Curtis.  Visit OED's Facebook page to view event photos.
Multi-State Electric Vehicle Corridor


On Oct. 4, the governors of seven western states, including Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming signed a memorandum of understanding to provide a framework for creating regional electric vehicle plan for the West ("REV West Plan").  Arizona has also since joined the agreement.  For more information on the agreement's five actions, visit
Alternative Fuels Vehicle Awareness Month

One month later, on Nov. 6, OED joined Utah Clean Cities for the Annual Governor’s Declaration for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Awareness in Utah.
Energy & Minerals Days at STEM Fest

On Oct. 3-4, 2017 more than 25,000 students descended on the South Towne Expo Center to learn more about the exciting opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at STEM Fest.  As an energy and minerals rich state, OED has established the Utah Energy and Minerals Days section within STEM Fest to support Gov. Herbert's goal to educate young students about this thriving industry that continues to power our economy and high quality of life.  This special section featured industry leaders from all of Utah's natural resources and priorities.  Watch the highlight reel here.

OED Provides Comments on
Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

On Sept. 29, the U.S. Department of Energy proposed a rule for final action by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) titled the Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule. The Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule suggests that wholesale energy markets may not adequately value some resource attributes that enhance reliability and resiliency, and therefore, market rules should be amended to provide a certain rate for generators that have a 90-day fuel supply and can meet other requirements.

OED submitted comments to FERC on the proposed rule encouraging an all-of-the-above approach to energy resources and affirming the importance of the states’ role in forming energy policies to meet their unique needs and goals.  OED’s full comments can be viewed at
OED Advancing 25k Rural Jobs Initiative

In continued support of Gov. Herbert's 25k Rural Jobs initiative, OED's Alair Emory hit the road once again, visiting Uintah, Duchese and Daggett counties as part of a multi-partner tour.  This launch tour aims to bring business leaders, community members, government officials and resource partners together in order to strengthen the local economy, create jobs and support local businesses.  For more information, visit

OED was also recently featured in Uintah County's new promotional video, highlighting the oil an gas industry contribution to the State.  Click here, or on the image below to view the video.

Western States Regional
Rural Natural Gas Initiative

On Nov. 6, OED and the Colorado Energy Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding to oversee the Western States Regional Rural Natural Gas Initiative.  The regional collaboration will be a key driver for expanding natural gas pipeline infrastructure and rural economic development.  The world class reserves within Eastern Utah and Western Colorado have potential to influence geopolitics, enhance American manufacturing, contribute to the nation's energy security and rejuvenate rural economies in the region. 

As an initial step, the offices will work with the Colorado Mesa University Unconventional Energy Center to explore opportunities related to rural natural gas resources, including market development, education and infrastructure development in the Piceance, Uinta and Green River Basins. The analysis and resulting recommendations will be compiled into a report that will be released at Utah Governor's Energy Summit on May 15, 2018.
Flat Canyon Coal Lease Ribbon Cutting

On Dec. 8, OED joined stakeholders in celebrating the opening of the Flat Canyon Coal Lease at Bowie Resource Partners' Skyline Mine.  Located in Sanpete County, the mine contains a total of 42 million tons of recoverable coal over 2,692 acres of federal land.  The lease and permitting approval will extend the life of the mine for approximately 10 additional years. 

In 2016, OED challenged of the Obama administration's coal moratorium, and continues work to promote the responsible development of Utah's high-quality and abundant coal resources through collaboration with federal partners, industry, and other stakeholders to improve policy and identify effective strategies to address market challenges.
Sustainable Energy Solutions to Demonstrate Cryogenic Carbon Capture Technology 

Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES), a Utah-based company that has developed a Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ (CCC) technology that could eliminate most emissions from fossil fuel operations, has received grant support from the U.S. Department of Energy for the development and scale-up of their system.  In 2018, SES will partner with Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) to demonstrate their technology at one of their coal-fired power plants.  The grant comes after OED facilitated a demonstration of SES technology at an RMP power plant during a DOE visit to Utah in June 2016.  
Dr. Laura Nelson
Keynotes at MIT

Dr. Laura Nelson presented at MIT at the C3E Women in Clean Energy Annual Meeting on Nov. 16, which also included presentations by former U.S. Energy Secretary, Dr. Ernest Moniz and current Secretary Rick Perry. 

Dr. Nelson's invitation further demonstrated Utah's national energy leadership, and continued to elevate the state's role in driving energy policy and innovation across all energy resources.  
Governor Addresses
GEA GEOEXPO+ Conference

Governor Gary R. Herbert and Dr. Laura Nelson spoke at the national GEA GEOEXPO+ meeting in Salt Lake City, addressing Utah's leadership in geothermal research and development.  The event hosted roughly 1,200 attendees. 

In conjunction, OED produced and released the first of three films centered on Utah's Geothermal FORGE project, featuring the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of Utah and Dr. Laura Nelson
OED's Managing Director of Development Speaks at Algae Biomass Conference

On Oct. 30, OED's managing director of development, Jordan Clark, spoke at the world's largest Algae Biomass Summit hosted in Salt Lake City this year. 

Mr. Clark addressed Utah's latest success, the Wasatch Resource Recovery Facility, which will soon allow food waste to be diverted from landfills and recycled into biogas that can be used as renewable energy, as well as carbon-based fertilizer to grow crops.
OED's Managing Director of Energy Efficiency Speaks at Energy Connect 2017

OED's managing director of energy efficiency and renewable energy, Shawna Cuan, spoke about Utah's Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program at Hunt Electric's Energy Connect 2017 event on Oct. 5. 

C-PACE is a low-cost, long-term financing option for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation projects on commercial buildings.  For more information, visit
OED Named 2017 Public Sector-Government Energy Champion

On Nov. 15, OED and Ms. Cuan, were selected as the 2017 Public Sector-Government Energy Champion by the local Utah chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. 

The Association of Energy Engineers is a nonprofit professional society of more than 16,000 members in 89 countries whose mission is "to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development." 
Upcoming Events

March 1, 2018

SheTech is a STEM activation and engagement platform for girls. Girls gain exposure to technology, individually create using technology, meet mentors, learn about careers in STEM fields, receive a certification and gain access to internships and scholarships.

May 15, 2018
The Governor's Seventh Annual Energy Summit: Crossroads of Global Innovation will take place May 15, 2018 at the Grand America Hotel.  Visit for more information on upcoming speakers.
In The News

Energy symposium highlights natural resource wonders in Utah
Soft and brilliantly pure white, this small mineral sample is the purest in the world, with a long list of uses and an even longer array of potential — and it's found only in Utah at commercial-scale level of mining. Read more here.

Leaders, advocates praise solar net metering compromise
Utah leaders, consumer advocates, the solar industry and clean energy boosters are praising the détente achieved with a net metering compromise that preserves status quo rates for thousands of rooftop solar customers in the state. Read more here.

Gary Herbert: 5 myths about Bears Ears
The extraordinarily vast and beautiful area of southeastern Utah known to many as the Bears Ears region deserves protection for the benefit of all Americans for generations to come and for the special benefit of those Native Americans with rich ancestral ties to this land. Read more here.

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